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Old October 28, 2010, 12:24 AM   #1
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old brass as a snap cap

is it possible in some way to use a used brass as a snap cap?
I have a hi power 9mm semi auto and want to become more familiar with the trigger pull but wondering if there is a less expensive way to safely do it without soending the money for a snap cap?
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Old October 28, 2010, 01:08 AM   #2
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Snap Caps

Hello, revolverrandy. Sure..but that old primer won't take the beating. What I use for my .22 Hornet & .222 Rem. which are single-shots & cant be un-cocked without snapping firing pin, is remove primer or use new brass, using a piece of nylon rod turned to a press fit in pocket & faced off flush with case head.
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Old October 29, 2010, 11:52 PM   #3
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I'm wondering if you could cram a rubber eraser in there, or fill it with silicone caulk. I don't have a nylon rod turning device.

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Old October 30, 2010, 12:11 AM   #4
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Hello, tmlynch, I have been trying to think of alternative...don't think rubber eraser would offer enough cushion. How are you set for drills & taps? I was thinking of those nylon screws that better hardware stores carry. Might not even need tap or drill for that matter..a large rifle or pistol pocket is .210"- perhaps you could force a 1/4 screw in & cut off. For small pocket-.175 I believe a 10-32 screw..nom. dia. of .190 should work ok.
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Old October 30, 2010, 12:46 AM   #5
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Ideal Tool: Thanks for the thoughts. If I try some alternatives, I'll share the outcome.

revolverrandy: good luck! Let us know what works for you.

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Old October 30, 2010, 01:46 AM   #6
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Erasers and silicone don't offer enough resistance. The firing pin will pierce them.
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Old October 30, 2010, 03:24 AM   #7
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I've never used a snap cap on a revolver or semi auto


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Old October 30, 2010, 06:23 AM   #8
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Hot melt glue

I've "heard" that you can use hot melt glue in the primer pocket after you drill out the primer. I have't tried it but you may want to.
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Old October 30, 2010, 09:18 PM   #9
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Is a snap cap even necessary?
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Old October 30, 2010, 09:28 PM   #10
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Is a snap cap even necessary?
It depends on the gun, but they're not necessary in most modern centerfire firearms. Many owner's manuals say so.

Rimfires are another story; many rimfire guns don't have a mechanism to prevent the firing pin from whacking the edge of the chamber if you dry-fire, but OTOH all you need to use as a "snap cap" in most rimfires is an empty case indexed so a non-crushed portion of the rim is under the firing pin.

Some older guns have notoriously flinty firing pins; CZ-52s, Nambus, and S&W concealed-hammer top-break "lemon squeezer" revolvers spring to mind, but few folks use these collectible guns seriously enough to justify extensive dry-fire practice.
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Old October 31, 2010, 10:25 AM   #11
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http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=612279 You know, the real things aren't really all that expensive. And surely somebody put a little thought, research, and engineering into these things. $9.00 shouldn't break the bank too badly I hope.

I guess nearly everybody slips from time to time (I certainly do), but I really do see a certain advantage to using the right tool for the job.
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Old October 31, 2010, 10:30 AM   #12
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Sometimes a more expensive or laborious homemade solution is just more satisfying than store-bought.

Heck, I can get a barbecue sandwich for less than $5, but I'd rather stay up all night tending the fire to smoke my own brisket.

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Old October 31, 2010, 12:49 PM   #13
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